The Perfect Christmas Shows to Book Now

As summer arrives, thoughts turn to... Christmas? Indeed, as now is the best time to book you and your family tickets to the most popular shows. Holiday 2017 is packed with must-see theatre, from famous ballets to familiar tales to visual spectaculars. Here a few of the shows you can get tickets for now. Just don't wait too long or the best seats will sell out!  


Toys coming to life, snow falling, and some of the world’s most familiar seasonal music performed by an orchestra—is it any wonder that The Nutcracker is synonymous with Christmas? This holiday, more than 100 classically trained dancers of the English National Ballet, and choreographer Wayne Eagling, bring this beautiful tradition back to life at the London Coliseum to excite children of all ages. 

The Nutcracker premiered in St. Petersburg, Russia, one week before Christmas in 1892. In the 125 years since, it has been seen by more people and performed by more dancers than any other ballet. Even if you are unfamiliar with the plot—a Christmas Eve dream featuring an enchanted nutcracker, a mouse king, and a hot air balloon ride to a land of snow—you and your children will undoubtedly recognise Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky’s famous musical score. 

An unforgettable Christmas experience, The Nutcracker is a holiday celebration for and about kids—even if there is no Santa. Bring your family to see it, beginning 13 December through to 6 January 2018.

The Gruffalo’s Child

Return to the deep, dark woods (and the West End) with The Gruffalo’s Child this holiday season! Tall Stories brings the beloved storybook to life at the Lyric Theatre beginning 22 November and running through to 7 January 2018. 

Based on the bed-time picture book by Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler, The Gruffalo’s Child follows the adventures of the Gruffalo’s daughter as she searches for the Big Bad Mouse despite warnings from her father. Trekking through the snow, she encounters mysterious forest creatures but loses faith that the Big Bad Mouse really exists. Will she find the fearful Big Bad Mouse? And will he frighten her? 

Through song, dance, and scary fun, The Gruffalo’s Child will delight young children and parents alike. 

Dick Whittington

No holiday season would be complete without witnessing a rip-roaring pantomime performance. This Christmastime, the team behind last year’s wildly successful Cinderella returns to the Palladium with the outrageous Dick Whittington, 9 December through to 14 January 2018. 

Dick Whittington is the familiar story of a poor country lad who sets out into the world to seek his fortune accompanied by his amazing rat-catching cat. Expect this rags-to-riches tale to produce lots of laughter and awe with extravagant costumes, wonderful sets, and special effects! 

Slava’s Snowshow

This poetic spectacle will warm your family’s hearts even as it leaves you knee-deep in snow. This Laurence Olivier Award-winning production, created and staged by Russian performance artist Slave Polunin, redefines clowning, bringing audiences joy and wonder via a dream-like world. 

Universal and timeless, Slava’s Snowshow has thrilled audiences around the globe including New York, Los Angeles, Paris, Rome, Hong Kong, Rio de Janeiro, and Moscow. It returns to London following last year’s acclaimed run and will open 18 December and go through 4 January 2018. 

Guest post by Matt Schneiderman

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